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R&D Application Scientist II

Date: Jun 6, 2022

Location: Twin Falls, ID, ID, US

Company: Glanbia

R&D Application Scientist II


Supervisor’s Title:              Research Manager

Department:                        Research and Development

Location:                             Twin Falls, ID

Exempt Status:                   Exempt


At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.

Job Summary

This position is a mid-level research scientist responsible for researching projects including product development, process enhancement, patent development and strong linkage to customers for joint development and technical support to support the development strategy of the business. This person will have the opportunity to develop products/processes to enhance current products, derive new products and commercialize both for value addition to the business. This position will be an application and processing scientist working with a variety of protein products and processes.


Essential Functions

  • Formulate a variety of applications to meet customers’ specifications including but not limited to; nutritional beverages and bars, snacks, plant based protein applications, fresh dairy, yogurts and more.
  • Develop innovative applications that utilize Glanbia’s ingredient portfolio
  • Work with Sales and Product Management to support the customer through visits and/or phone calls to give technical assistance on customer-based projects
  • Write reports in a clear, concise and meaningful way including interpretation of scientific data
  • Operate and troubleshoot instruments and pilot equipment in our laboratories creating a more efficient R&D operations
  • Review scientific literature and pull together potential solutions based on prior work
  • Understanding of Human Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Make presentations to sales, market, and product management personnel
  • Interface with R&D and Product Management teams for commercialization of projects within the realm of responsibility
  • Plan and design robust experiments (experimental design) that can be statistically analysed and stand up under scientific scrutiny
  • Make technical presentations at conferences, meetings, trade shows, and customer visits
  • Take food and supplement formulations from bench-top to pilot plant scale


Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.


  • Must possess a Bachelor of Science degree (B. S.) and five to seven years experience; a Master’s degree with three to five years experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Familiar with equipment commonly used to manufacture basic food products.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conforms to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to sales, marketing and business development teams.
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, nutrition database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.


  • Ability to apply fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.  Must also have ability to apply basic algebra and geometry to practical situations.
  • Must have ability to deal with equations formulas and graphs.
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects.
  • Must be able to use laboratory instruments such as texture analysis, pH meters, balances, autoclave, water activity meter and thermocouples.
  • Must have some acumen for food and supplement processing.


Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Frequently involves sitting and standing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves light physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a productive/technical nature.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts.


Travel Requirements

    • Limited overnight travel (10%) by land and/or air.



Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.




At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Nearest Major Market: Idaho
Nearest Secondary Market: Twin Falls